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Gainesville PD confirms Aaron Hernandez ‘questioned very briefly’ in ’07 shooting

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The sad, sordid soap opera that is Aaron Hernandez would not normally fall under the purview of CFT, but a confirmed development has prompted us to at least dip our toes into the evolving tragedy.

Following up on the speculation in the days since the now-former New England Patriots player was arrested on a first-degree murder charge — and his potential role in a double homicide last year has seen the public light — Gainesville police confirmed to the Gainesville Sun Saturday that Hernandez was “questioned very briefly” in regards to a shooting in late September of 2007 that injured two individuals.  From the Sun:

Corey T. Smith, now 33, and Justin E. Glass, now 24, were in a car stopped in westbound traffic when Smith, the passenger, was shot in the head. Glass was shot in the arm by a man police said walked up to the car and fired several shots from a handgun.

Several members of the Gators at the time were interviewed by police in connection to the shootings, including Hernandez as well as, the paper reported, players such as Reggie Nelson and the Pouncey twins, Mike and Maurkice.

“Hernandez’s name came up once in the report and he was questioned very briefly,” Gainesville police officer Ben Tobias told the paper. “Anytime we have an incident like that, we investigate and follow any lead whatsoever. We got his name as being in the area of that club, so we questioned him.”

No arrests have been made and the case remains open.

Hernandez played for the Gators from 2007-10 and was a member of Urban Meyer‘s third UF recruiting class.  Meyer, now the head coach at Ohio State, has come under scrutiny since his former player’s arrest, with the New York Times publishing an exposé in which the paper wrote that the coach said the talented but troubled player “had been rehabilitated with daily Bible study sessions that the coach conducted personally.”

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42 Responses to “Gainesville PD confirms Aaron Hernandez ‘questioned very briefly’ in ’07 shooting”
  1. ohiogator says: Jun 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    What’s wrong with Urb taking the kid under his wing for a little bible session???

  2. ahecstaff says: Jun 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    I think you need to review some facts here. Hernandez did not play “for the Gators from 2005-07”. He was born in 1989 and in 2005 would have been 15. He was a Freshman at UF in 2007 when the shooting occurred. He attended UF from 2007-10 according to an internet search.

  3. imaduffer says: Jun 29, 2013 10:05 PM

    Maybe this is why Mr. Meyer left Florida.

  4. gatorprof says: Jun 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    The more that is unearthed about the Meyer era, the more Gator fans need a lye shower to get rid of the stink.

    This incident, like many others, was completely swept under the rug. If not for the halo effect of Tebow, the Meyer era would rightfully rank somewhere between the Osborn rapists and the Miami thugs.

  5. deadeye says: Jun 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    Let’s be clear, Hernandez is now a suspect in every single unsolved shooting within his home state since 2005. Stories like this will be popping up for the next 20 years.

  6. virg1969 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    Still waiting for Wes Welker’s wife to tell us to read the Wikipedia page of Aaron Hernandez.

  7. fireanrain says: Jun 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    John Thompson mentored Allen Iverson and wooed him to Georgetown, AFTER he was already convicted of armed robbery. And Iverson is still a thug.

  8. barbeaux says: Jun 29, 2013 10:32 PM

    One day I was walking down the street, and this guy randomly tried to trip me. I’m certain it was Hernandez. Did he kill Hoffa?

  9. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jun 29, 2013 10:34 PM

    “Dallas police checking whereabouts of Hernandez on November 22, 1963”.

  10. chetwalker says: Jun 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    Ahecstaff… The article says 2007-2010. What were u reading??!??

  11. John Taylor says: Jun 29, 2013 10:43 PM

    @chetwalker: I had the wrong dates. He was correct, so I corrected it.

  12. tttrojan4life says: Jun 29, 2013 11:10 PM

    A typical CUM recruit. Nice work Urban.

  13. fearthehoody says: Jun 29, 2013 11:40 PM

    I saw Aaron behind the wheel of a white bronco in the 90’s

  14. dickclydesdale says: Jun 30, 2013 1:46 AM

    There was also a shooting in Australia today should we blame Aaron for that one also??? Looks like this guy is getting blamed for everything. As for the murder of that lowlife Odin let the facts come out at trial. The key here is he is guilty of being around bad company. He did not think of any consequences. He is suffering in a jail cell eating crappy food, gonna loose lots of his size.

  15. jacobslatter says: Jun 30, 2013 2:30 AM

    Wit’ all those tattoos you guilty of somethin’. Recognize.

  16. gorilladunk says: Jun 30, 2013 7:59 AM

    @dickclydesdale…you say, “The key here is that he is guilty of being around bad company.” Are you kidding, Hernandez WAS the bad company. Birds of a feather still flock together.

  17. woodyc says: Jun 30, 2013 11:07 AM

    This just in from the BBC, Scotland yard has reportedly reopened the 1888 case of Jack the Ripper with Hernandez as a person of interest.

  18. necr0philia says: Jun 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    @gatorprof your very ignorant. To call Miami a thug school and you a fan of UF is the dumbest comment someone could ever give. When is the last time you heard about a Cane going to Prison for multiple murders? Your like most of the other ignorant fans on here calling out The U because of things in there PAST! By the way DO YOUR RESEARCH UF HAS HAD 24 more arrest than The U since 2005. 24 arrest since 2005!! 21 of those during Meyers tenure. LMAO at you and your Holy University. Please comment because I find your comments very amusing.

  19. tobeexact says: Jun 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    Oh now all of sudden , everyone interested in waiting on the facts before they become judge ,jury and executioner.
    The fact remains during meyers brief stint at florida , he had the most off and on field issues with players then any other school.
    Actually all the schools combined couldnt come close to meyers team, there were over 5000 incidents involving football players ,yet not one disciplinary action taken.
    Talk about a football culture and lack of institutional control or just plain old didnt give a shit attitude.
    One of the more memorial incidents that comes to mind , happened during a game where a florida player tried gouging a players eye out on national television.
    And yes urban said it wasnt done on purpose that the player wa a good kid. Yet it wasnt the first problem with this player involving the same kind of anger problem.
    And all you had to do was watch how ohio st players played on the field last year , plain out right dirty football and within the BIG got away with it because its ohio st or michigan , the big tens pet peeves and the same reason they cant win a big bowl game when there are no big ten refs involved .
    Its only a matter of time that the same pattern starts at ohio st , mark my words.
    And im going to wait and see if the ncaa steps in and does anything about navys problem or vanderbilt , definitely a lack of institutional control ,oh thats right oregon actually admitted to the lack of , broke major ncaa rules and ,wow they got hammered with 5 years probation and the loss of one scholarship for three years .
    That was the culmination of a two year investigation , are you kidding me. But thats right ,nike likes them and contributes big bucks to the ncaa and he is an alumni of oregon, which shows the ncaa can be bought for the right piece.
    The ncaa is the biggest joke of an institution on this planet.

  20. niallofthenine says: Jun 30, 2013 2:20 PM

    Urban is recruiting the same type of players and is developing the same atmosphere at Ohio as existed at Florida.
    It’s only a matter of time before Ohio will get the Death Penalty. Mark my words.

  21. joewilliesshnoz says: Jun 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    Meyer recruits thugs.

  22. phlyingphucks says: Jun 30, 2013 3:19 PM

    GPD Questioning :
    Question 1. Are you a Gator football player?
    Question 2: Where should I drop you off?

  23. tigersfandan says: Jun 30, 2013 3:27 PM

    There is nothing wrong with Urban Meyer taking players to a Bible study. The problem lies with his sweeping incidents under the rug.

  24. phlyingphucks says: Jun 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    Actually, aren’t there limits on how much time coaches can spend with players in a given week? How do these sessions fit into those limits?

  25. gatorprof says: Jun 30, 2013 5:45 PM


    A couple of points…

    1) I will assume that you are a UM graduate based on your username and point 2) below.

    2) I hope that someday you will see the rich irony in your sentence, “@gatorprof your very ignorant.”

    3) Since I failed to bring it down to your level the first time, please note that I was comparing against historical “thug” teams. You will note that Tom Osborne has been retired for 16 years and I am referring his national title season with L. Phillips and C. Peter.

    4) Not that I am excusing the behavior of AH, but please note that Glenn Sharpe was a Cane.

  26. pb420 says: Jun 30, 2013 7:06 PM


    I was hoping you would point out the irony, was lmfao on that one!!
    You’re correct in stating in an earlier post about having shame as a fan under Meyer. Muschamp undoubtedly runs a tighter ship and it shows. The overachieving last season was in large part due to the discipline he has established. Janoris Jenkins was the instant example of Boom’s leadership as he booted a great talent and held him accountable where Urb would’ve definitely kept him around for another season. It’s not a coincidence that the arrest record has dropped and that’s a great thing.

  27. brewcrewfan54 says: Jun 30, 2013 7:30 PM

    Maybe that’s why good ole’ Urban was having headaches and chest pains towards the end of his UF tenure. He knew he was harboring and covering for a lot of really bad people that he recruited himself.

  28. steeler1nation says: Jun 30, 2013 7:59 PM

    how about the concept of young MEN these days actually being held accountable and responsible for their OWN ACTIONS!
    Blame it on Urban Meyer all you want, but you sound like a fool.
    The blame needs to be placed on:
    1.) The kid himself
    2.) The kid’s parents

    and nobody else

  29. steeler1nation says: Jun 30, 2013 8:01 PM

    the real DEATH PENALTY is Brady Hoke’s diet.

  30. gatorprof says: Jun 30, 2013 8:29 PM


    Agreed. Booting first round CB talent in Jenkins when he really needed him sent a strong message. From what I understood, the inmates ran the asylum under Urban. Certain stars like Percy would practice when it felt like it. Ditto for Janoris. He tried that with Boom and got on the s-list, then he got busted, game over.


    Yes, people are resp0nsible for their own actions.

    Playing college football should be a privilege that can be lost when poor choices are made. The threshold for getting booted under Meyer was very high and it appears that he went out of his way cover things up. At some point, the label “enabler” fits.

  31. uconhuskie says: Jun 30, 2013 9:19 PM

    Coach Meyer is teaching bible study at UF….LMFAO he is a joke….he cares about one thing winning games…..why else he recruit this guy? This story gets better and better…bible study right…coach you thing people believe that….MORON

  32. brewcrewfan54 says: Jun 30, 2013 9:28 PM

    Hey steelernation you’re right that guys need to be responsible for their own actions. When Urban lets the more talented guys get away with things as its proven he did, then he becomes as much of the problem as the players themselves.

  33. bralinshan says: Jun 30, 2013 9:34 PM

    Obviously, nobody knows if AH was involved in those Gainesville shootings. But, why would the police interview UF players? Must have been some reason…

    Knowing that this guy would shoot and kill somebody without even an ounce of remorse…or thinking twice…and these two guys got blasted in a car…

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit…

  34. uconhuskie says: Jun 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    Lets see these coaches(Meyer) recruit strong young ignorant men to do there work for noooo $$$$$…..what’s that sound like…..SLAVERY?

  35. gatorprof says: Jun 30, 2013 9:57 PM


    They get a free education, if they choose to pay attention. They will get as many tutors as needed to learn the material.

    They get free room and training table.

    They also get coached up and showcased to put them in the best possible position to be drafted.

    Yes….lots of parallels to slavery. Idiot.

  36. chachooga says: Jul 1, 2013 12:24 AM

    JT thanks for delving in…I tried going over to PFT for the scoop, but every time I get bombarded by Florio pushing some political topic or agenda.

    dang that is annoying!

    thanks for keeping CFT on topic. great site. Even with Benny K insulting my Canes all the time.

    Hernandez, wow. And this shooting sort of matches up with the “double homicide” he is a suspect in.

    horrible story.

  37. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 1, 2013 2:53 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  38. canehouse says: Jul 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    gatorprof… you are a bona-fide jerk off!!!

  39. canehouse says: Jul 1, 2013 5:11 PM

    gatorprof… let me say it again… you are a bona-fide jerkoff!!

  40. gatorprof says: Jul 1, 2013 10:09 PM


    Excellent post, full of insight and thought for a Cane fan. You must have an advanced degree from the U as you wisely avoided the risky prospect of using a contraction.

    As a public service to other Cane trolls, here is a link to help supplement your education,

    Note: Not all Cane fans are trolls. You might be a Cane troll when you find it difficult to post using grammatically correct, complete sentences not laden with crude works or phrases. You definitely are a Cane troll when you deny the thug U years.

    It would be like a Gator fan not being ashamed of Urban’s arrest record. When you think that each recruiting class only has something like 25 – 30 kids max, his time at UF was marked by roughly 1 in 6 of his recruits ending up in handcuffs at some point during their tenure.

  41. canehouse says: Jul 2, 2013 10:01 AM

    gatorprof… no I wasn’t trolling you… I was deliberate and to the point… nevermind your fascination with the “Kings Language”… this is a blog forum… you’re more delusional than I imagined if you think most of ppl are going to summon up some proper grammar. Oh yeah… you’re still a jerk. If you’d like we can discuss matters in real-time… let me know and I will fire over my phone number. LMK.

  42. canehouse says: Jul 2, 2013 10:52 AM

    1.    Gatorprof, not saying all of these are of the “insidious and dangerous” crime variety… because many are you’re normal college days brushes with the law… some are very alarming!! there certainly is something going on up there. Also this is little over half the entire list… of course it’s well chronicled that under Urban there were 31 arrests involving 25 of his players… and under Will Muschamp there have been 17 arrests… Of 14 players arrested in Will Muschamp’s tenure, nine committed to Urban Meyer (12 arrests). Five committed to Muschamp (5 arrests). Whoa! ·         
    Underage drinking·         
    Underage drinking·         
    DUI (second degree)·         
     affray and resisting arrest·          
    burglary and battery·          
    violation of sexual restraining order (petition of 3 date rapes)·          
    resisting an officer and failure to comply·         
     burglary larceny and obstruction of justice·         
     possession of marijuana·         
     domestic violence·         
     driving on suspended license·       
       property damage and criminal mischief·         
     felony use of a credit card including 70 fraudulent charges of a dead female student·  
     theft of towed vehicle·        
     assault battery and use of concealed weapon·       
    possession of marijuana·       
    battery and assault·         
    affray and resisting arrest·         
    driving with suspended license·         
    theft of a police car boo       
    violation of probation·        
    purchasing marijuana and possession of marijuana·         
    domestic battery·          
    possession of marijuana·         
    driving with suspended license·          
    battery and theft·         
    disorderly conduct 

    If you’d like to discuss in realtime… let me know… I will happily provide you with my phone number so we may talk it out like gentleman. LMK

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